Staff Picks - What We're Eating

Everyone knows it's the little things that make a difference – like asking about your day, chasing you down in the parking lot with the lime you left at the register, or actually knowing your name (and, for a few special regulars, your owner number!).

Shopping at New Pioneer is a gateway to a community of kind, thoughtful food  lovers. Our folks know food and love talking food. Stop by and pick their brains for favorites – and think of this as an appetizer:

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Iowa-based Frontier Co-op (Frontier Bulk Herbs & Teas, Simply Organic Herbs, & Aura Cacia) is based on integrity, product quality, social & environmental responsibility, and employee respect. Jasmine Pearl Tea is very popular, as are their aromatherapy and medicinal herbs. New Pi is proud to connect you with them.
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Just Coffee Cooperative happens to be some of the greatest coffee in the Midwest, brought to us by a great model, prioritizing fair trade, long-term relationships with small-scale organic farmers, and respect towards all involved getting the bean from farm to cup. Be it their roasts or their business practice, I have yet to be disappointed.
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Flint Ridge Organic Produce Co-op is a group of Kalona-area Amish growers who’ve banded together to market their crops cooperatively and have supplied us for over 8 years with a wide variety of produce. Amazingly, they’re able to keep us stocked with zucchini and summer squash from June through fall. That’s 4-5 months of local squash!
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I’ve been touting a humble gem from our bulk department for some time: our often-overlooked 32 Bean Soup Mix. It’s one of those great hearty recipes that can be vegan, vegetarian, or for omnivores. Find her recipe here.
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Our aged Provolone is a pizza makers’ favorite. Made in Italy from cow’s milk, it belongs to a family of cheeses termed pasta filata, or stretched curd cheese. With age, it develops a spicy, piquant flavor. Mixed with mozzarella, it adds breadth and complexity to pizza toppings and a nice spice to cheese sauces.
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Our local produce from Grinnell Heritage Farm is wonderful. Their kales, chards, collards, cabbage, and root vegetables – especially carrots – are very delicious.
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Our Olive Bread is delicious. I like to make it into a savory bread pudding at home with chorizo sausage.
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The Bramosia Chianti Classico 2011 is a great summer-weight red and a stunning companion to juicy, sizzling meats, hot off the grill!
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